3. Michael Klayko, CEO, Brocade
There has been a lot of speculation that Brocade is the next vendor to be swallowed up in the wave of merger and acquisition activity reshaping the computer landscape. But one thing that isn't open to speculation is just how innovative Brocade has been compared to the competition. Klayko has driven Brocade's converged network vision with a number of deals, including an OEM pact with Motorola that instantly gives Brocade a strong wireless networking footprint. Add to that deals like Klayko's $2.6 billion blockbuster acquisition of Foundry Networks in 2008, and you can see why he's high on our innovation list.